Student-athletes, coaches and staff members celebrate another successful year in Friartown.
Kayla Fitzgerald led the Friars' effort with 12 kills and 12 digs.
Alderson, Veverka and Fitzgerald combined for 35 kills; Cruz collects 23 digs.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, Aug. 27 against Manhattan and UMass Lowell.
Twenty-one student-athletes were inducted at a celebratory dinner on April 14.
As a Junior: Played in all 32 matches for the Friars and in every set (112) … Led the team in digs with 420 (3.75 per set) … Finished the season with a career total 1,467 digs, placing her fifth on the all-time digs list … Tallied 61 assists … Registered a season-high 23 digs twice, against Colgate (Sept. 19) and versus Seton Hall (Oct. 7) … Named to the University of New Orleans All-Tournament Team (Sept. 5), the Friar Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 12) and the Bucknell Tournament All-Tournament Team (Sept. 19). Inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma for registering a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher.
As a Sophomore: Played in all 32 matches... Led the team in digs, with 527 (4.79 per set) and service aces, with 28 (0.25 per set)... Ranked second in the BIG EAST in digs (4.79 per set) and fifth in service aces (0.25 per set)... Her 527 digs rank second-highest in program history for a single-season... Registered a career-high 33 digs against NJIT on Sept. 19 ... Named to the Kristin Dickman Invitational All-Tournament Team (8/29-8/30)... Made the Purple Eagle Invitational All-Tournament Team (9/5-9/6)... Chosen to the CCSU Blue Devil Invite All-Tournament Team (9/19-9/20).
As a Freshman: Played in all 32 matches and 110 sets... Led the team in digs with 520 (4.73 per set) and 44 service aces (0.40 per set) ... Her 520 digs mark third-highest total in a single-season in program history... Also tallied 59 assists on the year ... Recorded a season-high in digs with 30 at Stetson on Sept. 7 ... Had a career-high five assists at Albany on Nov. 8 ... Recorded four service aces in three matches ... Ranked second in the America East in digs and third in service aces ... Named to the Stetson Westin Classic All-Tournament Team (9/6-9/7) ... Was named to the America East All-Rookie Team... Earned back-to-back conference Rookie of the Week honors (Sept. 3 and Sept. 9)... Ranked 30th in the nation in service aces ... Was named to the America East Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll for posting a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.
At Immaculate Heart Academy: Earned four varsity letters playing volleyball while at Immaculate Heart Academy... Captained the volleyball team as a senior... Named First-Team All-League (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), First-Team All-State (2011, 2012) and First-Team All-Bergen County (2011, 2012)... Named North Jersey Player of the Year (2012) ... Collected a school-record 1,107 digs ... Was named one of PrepVolleyball's Frosh 59 in 2009 ... Named Elite Honorable Mention on PrepVolleyball's Soph 79 in 2010 ...Led team to four State Championships and two Bergen County titles and won Tournament of Champions three times ... Played club volleyball with Cutshot, Essex Volleyball Club and Digs ... Named to the Honor Roll all four years and a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born March 2, 1995 ... Daughter of Joe and Maria Tan Cruz ...Has one sister, Stephanie who played volleyball at Fairfield University ... Computer Science major with minors in Math and Film/Video.
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